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A second shot at attempting to legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas, a prediction on severe weather in the early Spring, and a planned union vote at Fort Smith-based O.K. Foods are part of the March 14 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 6:22am

A second shot at attempting to legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas, notes on the new PR chief at the University of Arkansas, and the estimated growth of small business in Northwest Arkansas are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for March 14.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 6:13am

While the race between Tom Cotton and Mark Pryor for the U.S. Senate is getting a lot of attention, at least one other race is bound to create a buzz.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 6:32pm

Pizza, Mexican food and a snoring wife are what keeps local mayors up at night.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 5:44pm

During his eight years as Arkansas’ chief executive, Mike Beebe has seen his party lose ground time and again. Five out of the six members of the Arkansas congressional delegation were Democrats when Beebe took office in 2006. Today, five out of six are Republicans.

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:07pm

Crawford County Judge John Hall announced the hiring of James Langford of Collierville, Tenn.-based SouthBuilt TEAM LLC to be the architect for the county's proposed jail.

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 5:03pm

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner was found guilty on all 14 counts of bribery and extortion she was facing from federal prosecutors.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:21pm

Fort Smith city directors spent much of a noon Board of Directors study session debating and discussing what they would like to see a board governance policy. The idea of a board governance policy was originally proposed by City Director Pam Weber during a Board retreat in 2013.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 5:25pm

Residents often have a few minutes to take action and seek shelter once a tornado warning has been issued. But a piece of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to increase the time individuals have to prepare for the worst.

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:46am

The May 20 primary is little more than seven weeks away and the area's first political debate of the 2014 political season took place Monday afternoon (March 10).

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:23pm

Fielding more candidates and having more contested primaries has the Arkansas GOP in new territory in modern history and experts argue if the trend could be short-lived or permanent as well as what the new dynamic may mean for the top of each political party’s ticket.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 3:43pm

Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Mike Ross received the endorsement of the statewide teachers’ union on Saturday and his probable Republican challenger wasted no time tagging Ross with a “liberal” label.

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 6:15pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was back in his home state Thursday night (March 6) to speak at the NWA Financial Forum, presented by Mach 1 Financial Group.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 9:18pm

For anyone who has ever wondered how the order of candidates is determined on a ballot, the answer came at the Sebastian County Election Commission Friday morning (March 7) as the ballot draw for the 2014 primary election was held.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:53pm

Members of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce received an update Friday morning (March 7) on the current state of the so-called Private Option, Arkansas' answer to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), where money that would be spent on Medicaid coverage for poor Arkansans is instead

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 4:48pm

A dearth of political candidates for legislative seats, tough allegations against the poultry industry, thoughts on “New Tech” schools and an excited trucking exec are part of the March 7 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 6:34am

A dearth of political candidates for legislative seats, tough allegations against the poultry industry, growth in Hispanic buying power and comments about “intimidator” Putin are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for March 7.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 6:26am

The effort to build a new jail in Crawford County has taken another step forward with the tentative selection of a location for the proposed facility. According to Sheriff Ron Brown, the county has selected a location just east of Van Buren on U.S. Highway 64.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 5:15pm

Gov. Mike Beebe announced Thursday (March 6) the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Jeffery "Scott" Baxter, Jonesboro, to the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System Board of Trustees. Appointment expires Jan. 1, 2018. Replaces Timothy Webb.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 3:47pm

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told an audience of several thousand Wednesday night that Russia's takeover of the Crimean peninsula was a "violation of international law" as Crimea is a part of a sovereign state, Ukraine.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:39pm

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